Tuesday, February 28, 2006

It was the mother's gun......

An update from this story. 5 yr. Old Shot In Head, By her 8 yr. Old Brother Dies




JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The day after a mother lost her 5-year-old daughter, she learned that her other children may be taken away from her by the state.

Ronda Webb has been trying to come to grips with the tragedy that struck her family last weekend. Not only was her daughter Taishay Shanks killed, but it was Webb's 8-year-old son who pulled the trigger.

"It is not his fault. It is not his fault; it's not. He is a child. He was doing something that children do. I'm just going to take responsibility for that," Webb said.

Webb said the Department of Children and Families is investigating her and she's frightened that she may lose her other three children, too.

The children were inside the family's apartment Saturday afternoon when Webb's son found the gun. Webb said she kept the gun for protection, and that she thought it was hidden.

"My son is not doing good at all. He and Taishay were extremely close. There was never just Tre by himself, or Taishay by herself. It was always them, together. Always," Webb said.

Webb said she was only gone for a few minutes. She was at the laundromat, less than a few hundred yards away from the apartment.

Webb said when she returned, her son was in the parking lot crying and he told her what happened.

"You want to keep guns separated from children," said Ken Jefferson of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Jefferson said police continue to investigate the incident, but the department wanted to give the family time to grieve.

He also said the incident was a classic case of why people need to secure their weapons. He even demonstrated how easy it is to use a gun lock, something that could have prevented Saturday's accident.

"Children and guns are a bad mix. It's a bad mix because children don't know the dangers of guns, so if they get them in their hands, unfortunately, things can happen fatally, just as it did here," Jefferson said.





Hum, I'm not sure if she needs to have her other kids taken away. She's going to have to deal with the fact that it was her fault her daughter was shot for the rest of her life and that's gotta be some damn harsh punishment.

I still think she should be charged under Florida law, and 60 days in jail probably wouldn't hurt.

It does seem kinda strange that it took days to find out that it was the mother's gun. Not sure if the police have known from the beginning or if she finally came forward and fessed up to the gun being hers.

"Children and guns are a bad mix. It's a bad mix because children don't know the dangers of guns, so if they get them in their hands, unfortunately, things can happen fatally, just as it did here," Jefferson said.

Because their parents don't sit them down and explain the dangers of guns?